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2010 JULY–AUGUST No. 375
July 16, 2010 [posted]

MedlinePlus® and MedlinePlus en español Redesign

On July 14, 2010, the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) released a redesigned version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.

The goals for this redesign were to incorporate suggestions received from users and to update the graphic design, layout, and site architecture for an improved user experience. Here are the highlights of the redesign:

The redesigned site contains all of the same reliable health information that users could find on the former version of the site, but in an enhanced user experience.

The homepages have been restructured, making it easier to find the content visitors use most (see Figures 1 and 2). New features include:

The redesigned health topics pages include a Share button, which allows users to post a link to a specific topic page on social networks using the Web 2.0 AddThis© technology. The enhanced visual emphasis on the health topic summary, Start Here links, and the encyclopedia links guide users to helpful content (see Figure 3).

The Videos & Cool Tools page (see Figure 4) is a new page that brings together:

A new search box allows users to search all MedlinePlus videos and tutorials, without having to search the entire site. The page also links to the MedlinePlus resources:

The MedlinePlus redesign is the culmination of user feedback, formal usability testing, information architecture analysis and graphic design improvements. The MedlinePlus team welcomes your feedback via the Contact Us link at the top of each page of the site.

By Linda Ferguson
Public Services Division
Jennifer Jentsch
Public Services Division

Ferguson L, Jentsch J. MedlinePlus® and MedlinePlus en español Redesign. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jul-Aug;(375):e3.

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